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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,438 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2013 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 032016


  • 88,500 miles


Door locks locking/unlocking while driving. Also, passenger front door won't lock either with key fob or manually.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 032016


  • 57,329 miles
I went out Saturday morning started the car and the steering malfunction light was on and I had no power steering (eps). I called the dealer they said they couldn't help until Tuesday (Monday holiday) so it isn't fixed yet.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 092016


  • 94,000 miles
On my 4th battery, they keep dying leaving us stranded. Software was updated by dealer there is a internal Honda memo how to resolve but it did not work. No current drain they checked. Just today with a 15 month old battery it died and yet again the battery needed to be replaced. Only solution is to replace battery each year. Bad design my loyalty to Honda is fading fast.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 282016


  • 33,836 miles


My car had less than 34,000 and I went to start it and it was totally dead. It would not take a jump, I had to had it towed and it turned out it had a dead cell and I had to replace the battery. The last car I had the battery was over 10 years old. This car is over 3 years so there was no warranty on it. Just feel this should be checked into.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #12

Sep 112015


  • 18,223 miles
We purchased a 2013 Honda CRV and wound up returning the vehicle that day with only 20 minutes of driving the car. We were on the freeway, my husband was behind us in our other car. I was driving about 55 miles per hour when the gas pedal basically lost power. It felt as if the resistance behind the pedal just disappeared (accelerator hesitancy also happened at a left turn going 5 mph). At that moment the car lost power...several seconds later, the pedal resumed its normal feel and power did this 3 times. Right at the first time it did this, I heard a triple click (sounded like the clicks you get when the car does not turn on after battery drain). So, click, click, click, loss of power, power, loss of power, power, loss of power, power. I immediately got into the right lane thinking the car was going to die on me and expecting to have to pull to the side of the freeway. My husband watched the whole thing in our truck so he had a good view. He saw 3 expulsions of bluish exhaust come out of the exhaust pipe and saw the car slow down at each of the power loss events. This is a safety issue and it is happening no only to this car, but the forester and rav4 and others. Service was so reliant on their computer read out, which said nothing was wrong, that we did not have faith they would investigate the problem and find a solution. So we cancelled the sale. It is ashame that the nhts has only required mat changes as recalls. This is obviously a computer programming error in which the car computer (which now controls the gas pedal rather than an actual line going to it) is telling the car to slow down. And the fact that the computer does not record a problem likely is further evidence of a computer malfunction. The auto industry and our own government watchdog is making our roads less safe. This issue is rampant. Car mats, really people?

- Sisters, OR, USA

problem #11

Mar 152015


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda CR-V. while the vehicle was stopped, the contact noticed a hanging wire and the all wheel drive continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the cover for the axle was hanging and the electronic all wheel drive sensor cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dingmans, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 162015


  • 25,000 miles


The rear liftgate and rear passenger door failed to open when I used the remote to unlock the vehicle. The rear liftgate did open after the third try with the remote key fob. The passenger side rear door will not open by either the exterior or interior door handle. I engaged and disengaged the rear seat child lock several times and attempted to open the door, the door still will not open. Updated 09/15/15

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Battery was going dead periodically. Thought I was leaving a light on or door open. Told the Honda dealer to check the battery while it was under warranty. They never checked it. Didnt even put that I asked to check it. Out of warranty battery went dead. Did a check at autozone they said it was the altenator. Changed altenator still the same problem. Voltage regulator. The volts only stay up when I keep the headlights on. ( more to this story about my bad dealership experience but don't want to get into it)

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #8

Oct 082014


  • 15,646 miles
At work, finished my shift, move car to exit, turn car off went in swipe my card get in car put key in to start and car engine would not turn over, all lights lights on in car, windows works but battery wouldn't start...this happened three times at work, I had to jump start, engine starts up at first turn car have a very rattles sound when I put key in to start at all times, is like I exceed the turning point but I don't. I turned key naturally to start but starter still rattles...I believed it's a starter problem and it's scaring me, my car is just one year old, I bought it last year September of 2013...

- Oakdale, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 142014

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • 31,003 miles
On 9/23/14 30000 mile check up performed at dealership where I bought the car. On 10/14/14 in heavy rush hour traffic I accelerated to pass a car on interstate 4; vehicle hiccuped and lost power; able to go to shoulder of the road across 3 lanes of traffic; turned vehicle off then on again; vehicle started without hesitation. Drove car to dealership where I bought it; they checked it out; said they could not find anything wrong; however, they ran a computer update for the alternating system stating that they "think" problem is solved. Contacted Honda regional; they authorized an inspection at a different Honda dealership on 11/12/14. I was again told that they could find no reason that the vehicle lost power; at that point, Honda regional told me there is nothing more they can do. I am not satisfied with this answer. Do I have any recourse?

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 312013


  • 200 miles


The headlights keep blowing. Have been through 3 sets in 10 months! taken it in to Honda, and they blame the consumer's improper installation as a cause. We had auto zone help us install them each time. Been complaining since day 1 that the headlights constantly dim and come back up. Honda blames the cars "small battery" as the reasoning behind it. Then if it's their "battery" that's causing it then make the space bigger! also, on multiple occasions have noticed the car lags when hitting the accelerator. Has almost caused multiple collisions. You press the accelerator expecting the car to move, but it delays. Which is really dangerous when your trying to make a quick turn. Honda says "it's normal, all cars do it". there really needs to be recalls issued for these! these things are major safety issues! I've reviewed multiple people stating the same issues with their Honda's, and yet Honda refuses to help their consumers and still continues to produce faulty and dangerous cars.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014


  • 19,000 miles
The heater seems to be overheating and melting my vents. I have taken it to Honda, and they stated that it was impossible for a heater to get that hot. The heater is so hot that you cannot touch the vents if the heater is turned on, you have to wait 2-4 minutes after turning it off before you can touch the vents. I complained about the vents melting, and they said that it must have been something I did to make it happen, and will not replace the vents or check the heater until I figure out what happened to the vents.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 142014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The car comes with a battery of insufficient size and an inadequate charging system. The vehicle should not need jump starting after normal driving conditions with a fairly new battery. The 1st time it happened was after 3 months and again at 6 months. Suggested solutions include turning off econmode, riding in D3 or 2nd, or taking long rides at freeway speeds. The car was not advertised as being this defective for everyday driving. It also has poor high beams and freezing windshield washers.

- Ashburnham, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 172013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 5,200 miles
The high beam headlights on this vehicle and my daughter's similar car are a defective design. There are many complaints already regarding this. The only way you can see decently is with a combination of low beams and driving lights.

- Ashburnham, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
First, second and third incident, pertained of all 4 doors locking and unlocking repeatedly, by themselves while the vehicle was in drive, going down the freeway and on surface streets. The most reent incident was 12/16/13. The vehicle would not unlock. I used both the after market remote start fob, the fob on the original factory key and also the manual unlock by putting the key in the door. After 2 hours of constantly pushing buttons and checking all entrances to the vehicle, the vehicle unlocked on it's own, without pushing any of the buttons. My 15 month old child and I were literally stranded for these 2 hours until a tow truck could come to us. Not to mention that the car unlocked itself on it's own right before the tow company showed up. What if my child had been inside of the vehicle when this happened"??"

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 312013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 9,075 miles
When entering a highway on-ramp in making the turn all doors were suddenly unlocked and the front courtesy lights in the passenger compartment came on. This has now happened about 10 times when cornering.

- Kearneysville , WV, USA

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